Catavino Stories

Sonia Nolasco

Born in Lisbon, Sonia grew up in the Ironbound, a vibrant Portuguese immigrant enclave in Newark, New Jersey. Sonia’s passion for Portuguese culture, food and wine eventually led her to Catavino, where she has primarily focused on giving a voice to a Portugal less traveled. Sonia is the co-author of "Porto: Stories from Portugal’s Historic Bolhão Market." Learn more about Sonia at www.portugallesstraveled.com and follow her on Twitter @reddishSonia, Instagram @sonia_a_nolasco, and facebook/sonia.nolasco.773

Porruguese Homestyle Cooking Recipe

New Portuguese Cookbook Brings Unexpected Recipes to the Table

Today, if you want to start a website called portuguesecooking.com — good luck! Ana Patuleia Ortins has owned it since 1997, just a year before Google was founded. For decades, Ana has been spreading the gospel about Portuguese food. Author of Portuguese Homestyle Cooking, she’s a pioneer in cookbooks written about Portuguese cuisine in America. …

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The Undiscovered Inland Cuisine of Portugal – Part I

The interior of Portugal is, unfortunately, often overlooked. That’s too bad, especially for foodies searching for unique eats beyond the mouthwatering fish and seafood on the coast and the regional dishes that the bustling cities recreate. Granted, I understand that driving into the mountains of Portugal or through windy, ancient villages isn’t as easy as …

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Essential Guide to Butterflying and Grilling Portuguese Fish

One of the top culinary experiences in Portugal is hands down devouring Portuguese fish. Whether grilled, roasted, stewed or fried, Portugal’s coastal geography—half of this tiny country is on the Atlantic—has molded its people into sea life gurus (there are also river fish; we’ll explore another time). Pair this fish knowledge with the diversity of …

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Women’s History Month: Exploring the Maternal Side of Winemaking

Editor’s note: With the March being recognized for stories about inspiring women (also known as Women’s History Month in the USA), we thought it would be fitting to honor the only female master blender existing today, Ana Rosas, of the renowned Ramos-Pinto port house. A woman that oozes with, grace, passion and the warmest of …

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